Edited by Gerald Boerner
Today is the anniversary of one of the major Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century — Roe v. Wade. In this decision, the high court ruled that first and second trimester abortions are legal; this gave women of child-bearing age the choice option of having a child or not. This decision was based on the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process clause.
A Balancing Test was included so the state could exercise its rights to protect the health of the mother and potential fetus during the second trimester of pregnancy. During the first trimester, the decision was between the woman and her doctor. Thus, there was a balancing of the rights of both the mother and potential child.
This decision gave women, especially the less affluent women, the same real options that had been available to more affluent ones all along. In the United States, this has worked out reasonably well in reasonable times among reasonable people. But, as often is the case, when sectarian religious beliefs and value enter the debate, reason takes a vacation. That has produced many clashes resulting in the destruction of property and deaths in many cases.
We need to keep in mind the legal context and avoid unproductive emotional responses. It should behoove us to remember that in other parts of the world abortion is used to produce male offspring through selective abortions based on the sex of the fetus.
Let’s get today’s exploration started… GLB
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Quotations Related to ABORTION:
“Abortion is a question of choice.”
— Robert Casey
“Ban partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life.”
— Jerry Weller
“For almost twenty years, abortion policy in America has been controlled by the courts.”
— Robert Casey